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Arbor Day; A Precious Reminder of the Gift and Wonder of Creation

We don’t make much of Arbor Day any more. It has been overshadowed, perhaps, by the flashier Earth Day which precedes it. Nevertheless, I am going to mark the day by recalling the poem "Trees" by...Read more

Immerse Yourself in the Mystery of the Triduum

If you have celebrated Triduum even once, you know why it’s consider the most sacred time in the Church year. Read more

The Ascension of the Lord

“When Jesus ascended into heaven, where, exactly, did he go?” This question, posed by a friend in a bible study group, took me off guard. Because we associate “heaven” with the sky, it is natural to...Read more

Prayers & Activities for the Feast of Pentecost

When the risen Jesus visited the disciples before he returned to his Father in Heaven, he promised to send the Holy Spirit to be with the Church always.  The Holy Spirit came to the disciples on...Read more

Keep the Easter Season Momentum with Calendar Cards

I re-discovered this year why Easter is a feast. There was such abundance in my celebration, starting with the rich symbols and rituals of the Vigil service on Saturday night. It began outside with a...Read more

A Prayer for Easter Eyes

Some of us are old enough to remember a song about the Boston subway system called the “M.T.A.” It bemoaned the fate of Charlie, who didn’t have the correct fare in order to exit the train. I knew...Read more

Easter Garments

Getting new clothes for Easter was a childhood delight in a couple of ways. First of all, it meant I had something brand new rather than my sisters’ hand-me-downs. Secondly, it heralded the start of...Read more

Prayer of the Week: Prayer for Easter Eyes

There are many signs and symbols of new life that surround us at Easter. By opening ourselves to discovery, we become better attuned to recognizing these signs as we make our way through one of the...Read more

Discovering the New Life of Easter

The Easter season is one in which the Church celebrates the fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost as one continuous feast day. The celebration of the Easter season encompasses the Ascension (the...Read more

Ash Wednesday

On my neighborhood’s Facebook page, tucked amid notices about road closings and queries about handymen and window cleaners, was a post that stopped my heart. Four local high school students committed...Read more

Question of the Week: Sixth Sunday of Easter

The weekly celebration of the Eucharist on Saturday evening or Sunday morning defines who we are as Catholics-- in out parishes, in our households of faith, in our neighborhoods, and in our world....Read more

Question of the Week: Fifth Sunday of Easter

The weekly celebration of the Eucharist on Saturday evening or Sunday morning defines who we are as Catholics-- in our parishes, in our households of faith, in our neighborhoods, and in our world....Read more

Easter Glimpses of Grace

Some of us are old enough to remember a song about the Boston subway system called the “M.T.A.” It bemoaned the fate of Charlie, who didn’t have the correct fare in order to exit the train. I knew...Read more

Holy Week Reflection Cards

It’s almost Holy Week, a time that writer Michael Ford describes as a “journey within a journey.” Draw hope and joy from this time-honored rite that celebrates life arising from death and the...Read more

People of the Passion: "Where Were You When They Crucified My Lord...?"

This melancholy lyric is sung by countless congregations on Good Friday. It is so beloved that I once saw a liturgy committee nearly explode when the music director suggested replacing it with...Read more

Bring your parish together for an Easter event

Discovering the New Life of Easter is a fully multi-generational event from Gather In My Name, designed to bring children, youth, and adults together to pray, share faith, and learn more about Easter...Read more

Question of the Week: Seventh Sunday of Easter

Sunday, May 20th, is the Seventh Sunday of Easter. Plan to spend time this week reflecting on the readings and preparing to celebrate the Eucharist. Gather in My Name offers "Question of the Week" -...Read more

Question of the Week: Fourth Sunday of Easter

Sunday, April 29th, is the Fourth Easter of Sunday. Plan to spend time this week reflecting on the readings and preparing to celebrate the Eucharist. Gather in My Name offers "Question of the Week" -...Read more

Psalm Refrains

I am getting ready to direct a day of reflection on the psalms and, in preparation, have immersed myself in their lyrical beauty. From awe-filled praise over the majesty of creation to the tender...Read more

Question of the Week: Second Sunday of Easter

Sunday, April 15th, is the Second Easter of Sunday. Plan to spend time this week reflecting on the readings and preparing to celebrate the Eucharist. Gather in My Name offers "Question of the Week" -...Read more

Easter Grace

The daffodils in our front yard are starting to bloom. Watching their bright yellow faces emerge is cause for celebration as they herald the end of winter and the beginning of spring. The bulbs were...Read more

Question of the Week: The Resurrection of the Lord

Sunday, April 8th, is Easter Sunday. Plan to spend time this week reflecting on the readings and preparing to celebrate the Eucharist. Gather in My Name offers "Question of the Week" - a free...Read more

Celebrating Holy Week

It’s almost Holy Week, a time that writer Michael Ford describes as a “journey within a journey.” I have walked through this holiest of weeks many times and yet it continues to take on new and more...Read more

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